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An open letter to the President of Egypt

Cairo University Professor takes President-Elect Mohamed Morsi to task for disrupting exams, and the lives of hundreds of students, by his address to parliament at the university auditorium

Hoda Gindi , Thursday 5 Jul 2012
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Dr. Mohamed Morsi

Your Excellency,

It is with deep disappointment and even deeper regret that I write to you today. On Friday 29 June, in front of millions of Egyptians, and at that icon of our Revolution, Tahrir Square, you made an impassioned speech promising us the dawn of a new era, and declaring yourself to be “one of us”!

You further promised that there will be no encroachment on our rights as citizens, nor will you do anything to disrupt our daily lives – as in the case of the former regime.

However, directly after that speech (or perhaps even during it), we learnt that Your Excellency was going to Cairo University the following day to meet “parliamentarians”, members of the various political parties, the army and the police.

Now, you, of course, have the right to address anyone, anywhere at any time; however, I don’t believe, especially after your specific declarations, that you should, by your very presence, bring to a halt the work of one of the most significant institutions in the land devoted to learning and education and the future of our own young men and women.

This, even more so, since you, as a professor, are aware that exams are continuing and have had to be postponed so as to enable you to deliver your speech (I appreciate the fact that during your speech, you apologized; however, the disruption remained).

Is it fair or just to these young men and women to have both their professional and personal lives put into such disarray? Was there really no other venue?

Furthermore, it is rather unfortunate for your image as the “President of the People” that the academic staff and students whose rightful domain is the University were unable to enter the precinct.

I cannot remember a similar occasion except when President Obama also addressed the nation from the podium of the university auditorium! This is in contrast to the time when Nelson Mandela graced us with his presence when the University was open to all.

With respect to the Office of the President,                                                                                                 

I remain

Yours sincerely,

Hoda Gindi

Professor of English and American Literature

Cairo University

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najjar
26-08-2012 11:12am
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Could I obtain her postal addresse? please
Dear sister Hoda, in exchange for sharing your open letter with the world and for having the pleasure to read it perhaps even before the addressee himself. I would humbly request your mailing address so that I could send you one lollipop. I must admit that I can hardly wait for another open letter. To Al Ahram personnel, I "commend" you for treating your readers as a bunch of airheads.
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Hector M
26-07-2012 01:24am
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To Hoda Gindi
Hoda Gindi, the president of every nation has the right to address the nation any time and anywhere as you already mentioned. Then why are you complaining. The students just not study in one day for that hour of the address, so there is no disruption.you are big mouth self proclaimed wana be. Go fly a kite or take a hike.
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President Morsi
26-07-2012 01:09am
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Sorry
Hey sorry to intrude on your exams. Not that electing the first freely Democratically elected President is cause for excitement in a country long ruled by dictatorship. Sorry the students were inconvenienced, while the world watched as I took my oath to the young people who will inherit this new form of government that is now open to them, instead of those who wear the uniform. Sorry for thinking that a place of higher learning, would benefit from being on the right side of history, as the campus that was first to receive a freely elected head of state from Egypt. Yours truly, Egypt's first freely elected President.
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muran
09-07-2012 05:29pm
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an open letter to the president of Egypt
The fact that this feeble mind can publicly criticize the head of state on a trivial subject like this is a good sign. I must ask what did all the past timeliness of exams did but to sink Egypt into a deeper poverty?
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Ramez
09-07-2012 01:11pm
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Failing first test
Interesting that Ahram would publish this letter. In the days of Mubarak, the streets would be closed hours before his detail would arrive. Unable to get to school or university, people have missed and failed exams because of this. No one would date criticise Mubarak for this. He was a god. Thank you to both the prof. and the newspaper for airing this. We need more. (and, Dr. Gindi, you could safely disregard wasteful comments like the ones below).
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Mohamed
07-07-2012 02:40pm
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Naive Professors and Experts - God save the Egypt
Criticising a new leader with more hope & aspiration is a very easy talk dear Hoda Gindi. But it is a recipe for failure. I wonder how a 'Professor'(?) is so naive and incompetent about analysing historic euphoric election in Egypt superseding exams at cairo university. If you wanted early holidays, please be patient, people have sacrificed their lives for this democratic achievement. Why not you sacrifice ur early holidays?.
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Warsame S
07-07-2012 04:15am
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Open letter to the wrong person
With all due respect to professor Gindi, shouldn't this letter be addressed to the president's chief of staff. The president as a head of a state, has nothing to do with choosing or prioritizing his itineraries. Other than that, kudos to professor Gindi for exercising her freedom of speech and thought.
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Yasar
06-07-2012 04:02pm
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Amazing feeling
Thanks Allah! For giving egypt a president who is open to citicism!!!! Thanks Morsi for giving the nation a most needed courage after thousands of years of slavery where every ruler claimed to be a God!
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Hanan Sabry
07-07-2012 09:21am
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Freedom is not a gift
Freedom is not a gift from Morsi or whoever we paid blood for this freedom and Morsi has no other way but to be open to criticism. He did not give the nation courage. He is a president because we have done and paid a lot to have a freely elected president.
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Hammad
05-07-2012 07:58pm
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Yellow Journalism
I'm a non-egyption reader of your by newpaper.I have dont understand your new paper's hostile policy towards MB and your new democratic president Mr Morsi... After reading out your news itmes,reports& reviews it seems that there'w no single supporter of president or MB in your country. The people who like or voted for morsi not egyption but came from europe or USA. Your paper is always full of anti MB news items and reports..I never seen a single report that speak any positive thing about MB or Morsi...What I can understand state owned media is still under control of old regiem or loyal to that courpt sytem that ruled eypt last many decades. I hope new govt start clean up opeations from the state control media that actually being contrled by old regime.
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